Are you a Sancho Panza? If so listen up.

2016-07-13 16:06

Are you a Sancho Panza? Who? Remember Cervantes' classic "Don Quixote" and his faithful and trusted sidekick who blindly and often against his own intuition, followed and condoned, alternatively supported his master's every conduct, no matter how disastrous the outcome because he believed that the don being a nobleman must have access to superior knowledge and therefore was never wrong.

The coming next three weeks will show whether or not you are one as politicians make bizarre claims why they ought to be elected as local government councillors on 3 August 2016.

I like what Fikile Ntsikekelo Moya has penned in the Mercury this morning ("When leaders tilt at windmills,beware."[Mercury 13.7.2016])

"In the end", he says, " we become accomplices (like Sancho Panza) in the misguided adventures of those who we have assumed know better because they hold a title."

So I hashtag the question #AreYouASanchoPanza? How is it possible for millions still living in squalor and abject poverty to vote for politicians who've failed them again and again? And there they are with their mersmerising rhetoric saying how many houses they provided or they will provide and how many more they would...blah!blah!blah! And you fall for them and you go against your own intuition for them again and again.

Oh, and make no mistake in that sorry lot come quixotic wannabe politicians with fake pearly smiles and syrupy comments but with no idea or plans to match their words.

I've had a dozen plus sms messages (I'm gonna take issue with my service provider for selling my information and invading my privacy) plus calls on my mobile from political party whores, yes there's no spelling mistake, extolling the virtues of their favoured candidate. I've even had a crooked one post on whatsapp how I could take advantage of the loophole in the special vote system. You can imagine my verbal response to them.

Yes, Fikile Ntsikelelo Moya's caveat is spot in " When leaders tilt at windmills,beware".

Listen to your intuition and exercise your vote wisely on 3 August 2016.

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